Harfex is the Biologist of the Gum on its mission to World 4470.VEMS He is an approximately forty-year-old Hainishman, with a typical pale Hainish complexion. Despite his reserved and patient nature, he nonetheless sleeps with Olleroo on several occasions. He rooms with Asnanifoil.
After Osden disappears, he and Haito Tomiko go into the jungle to locate him. Over the course of the story, it is revealed that his neurosis (each crewmember has one) is a "slow fire of paranoid anxiety".
He travels with Haito, Osden and Eskwana to help Osden join with the plantworld. When they land in the forest, he is so terrified by the sentience that he dies of fear, and becomes one of two casualties of the voyage.
|Vaster than Empires and More Slow|
|Asnanifoil | Jenny Chong | Eskwana | Harfex | Mannon | Olleroo | Osden | Porlock | Poswet To | Haito Tomiko|
|Beldene | Smeming Port|
|Genly Ai | Jakob Agat Alterra | Argaven | Asnanifoil | Atro | Betton | Chifoilisk | Jenny Chong | Captain Davidson | Dalzul | Eskwana | Estraven | Happy Today | Harfex | Hoalans | In Joy Born | Karth | Leaf | Lidi | Raj Lyubov | Mannon | Mogien | Laia Aseio Odo | Olleroo | Oreth | Osden | Saio Pae | Palat | Pellelge | Porlock | Gaverel Rocannon | Rolery | Rulag | Sabul | Sadik | Semley | Serenity | Shakatany | Shevek | Thele | Poswet To | Haito Tomiko | Umaksuman | Wold | World 4470*|
|*World 4470 may or may not be a character.|